"And so," the story writers used to say, "they lived happily ever after."
Um-m-m—maybe. After the glamour had worn off, and the glass slippers were worn out, did the Prince never find Cinderella's manner redolent of the kitchen hearth; and was it never necessary that he remind her to be more careful of her finger-nails and grammar? After Puss in Boots had won wealth and a wife for his young master did not that gentleman often fume with chagrin because the neighbors, perhaps, refused to call on the lady of the former poor miller's son?
It is a great risk to take with one's book-children. These stories make no such promises. They stop just short of the phrase of the old story writers, and end truthfully, thus: And so they lived. E. F.(Summary from the Foreword to "Buttered Side Down)
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April 22, 2013 Subject:
interesting glimpses from 100 years ago
Edna Ferber's stories end abruptly! The very last story, though, is different from the others - and I got suckered into joining the navy too, but in my case the consequences weren't so terrible. Miss Ferber had a bad impression of sailors all right.
The reader, "Madera", is terrific, a real pro. What a versatile voice she has! I hope she does some more solo readings.
April 8, 2013 Subject:
ugh... I listened for a couple hours & was kinda... gagging... couldn't stand any more.
February 1, 2013 Subject:
Very well written sketches of the era and there are the hints of other Ferber books ahead. The reader has a beautiful, expressive voice and except for a bit too much "brogue" and clipped phrasing sometimes, does a superior job. Thanx for a great job on a great, forgotten author and her early stories!
April 17, 2010 Subject:
I'm not usually much of a fan of the short story but this beautifully read collection by Edna Ferber has converted me. A very modern writer, Ferber gets to the heart of urban life where transplants from small towns find their dreams and nightmares.
I cannot recommend this recording too highly. Madera is surely a professional actress. Her voice characterizations are spot on, sensitive, and variable. Thank you.